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Welcome to Salem United Church of Christ

Living Out God's Love

We are an open and affirming congregation, and our mission is to witness to the word and work of Jesus so all people may know the welcome of God, worship with joy, grow as disciples, live as servants, and enjoy the strength of Christian fellowship.

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Faithful to God . . . Relevant to today . . . Open to all . . . Striving to improve

This Sunday

This Sunday’s worship service is one you won’t want to miss. The Search Committee has invited their finalist to come lead worship with us. The BRC will also sing during worship. Sunday school for preschool through adult begins at 9am. Continue reading to discover the opportunities to meet our pastoral candidate throughout the weekend.

“Candidating Weekend”

Saturday January 28th

- 10AM – 12PM: Coffee and snacks/ open house at Salem

- 5 - 7 PM: All-church Potluck in Fellowship Hall. Children, youth, and adults are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to become acquainted with this candidate and his family.

Sunday January 29th

- 9 AM Sunday School followed by 10:15 Worship

- (Immediately after service) Congregational Meeting in the pews

Pastoral Care

Lisa Hart will be providing emergency pastoral care during this time of transition. If have a pastoral care emergency or need a hospital visit, etc, she can be reached at 608-438-1571.

Rev. Kristin Gorton, pastor at Fitchburg Memorial UCC, will be providing coverage for Salem’s emergency pastoral care needs from January 26-31 while Lisa is away (She will be back in town before noon on January 31).  Kristin can be reached via email at: or on her cell phone at: 608-438-6307.

Council Corner

The Council has formed a pulpit supply committee to assist in arranging for preaching coverage on Sundays and to help guide the services while we await a new settled pastor. Direct questions or concerns to John Cashman or Dave Triplett.

Upcoming Pulpit Supply

February 5 Larry Balleine

February 12 Lisa Hart

February 19 Larry Balleine

February 26 Larry Balleine

Recycle the Warmth

Each year families in Dane County turn to St Vincent de Paul for bedding and blankets to keep their children warm and to sleep comfortably. Last year the community donated over 3000 blankets. You can help our neighbors in need by donating new or gently used blankets and bedding to the bin in the fellowship hall. Purchase new blankets at the St Vincent de Paul thrift store on Verona Ave or purchase blankets online at

Welcoming Our Neighbors

After the distribution for our first round of “Glad You Are Here” welcome bags to our new neighbors in apartments near Salem, we and our partners at Sugar River Methodist are asking for contributions for round two!

- Needed items: sanitizing wipes, box of tissues, roll of toilet paper, roll of paper towels.

A collection bin is located at the rear of the sanctuary through the end of January. You will also find note cards if you’d like to include a personal greeting and/or invitation to visit Salem.

LIVE Stream

After a long time spent figuring out what we needed to do, what we needed to do it, how to do it, and who to do it, we are finally streaming our weekly services live on youTube!

We hope you will excuse our hiccups as we continue to learn the fine points of live streaming. We also hope that we do not get so good that you feel inclined to stay home in your pajamas on Sunday morning instead of coming to attend services in person. 

Please let any of us on the AV crew know how we are doing and what changes we might make. We appreciate your patience and feedback.  John Bass, John Cashman, Doug Smith, Brandon Grotelueschen, Kaden Nechvatal, Kevin Booth

Visit our website or our YouTube channel

Women’s Guild Special Meeting

Salem Women’s Guild is calling a special meeting on Thursday, February 2 at 1:30 p.m. to choose and vote on the dispersement of funds for the year 2023. The next regular meeting of the Guild will be held on Thursday, April 6 to discuss plans for a Salad Luncheon or whether we might want to do something different. All are welcome to attend these meetings!

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10:15AM  Worship 
9AM Sunday School for all ages 

The nursery is open!

Our office is open Tuesday and Thursday mornings and in the afternoons Monday - Thursday

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Our Community

Whether you are looking to renew your relationship with God or just find friends to support you through good times and bad, Salem offers regular services, fellowship, outreach, community service, potluck programs, and musical groups to keep you coming back.

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